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Alumni Spotlight – Hanover Recruiting at University of Michigan

EdwardErnstforBlogUniversity of Michigan: Edward Ernst

In brief, what is your role at Hanover?

I’ve recently moved into a new role at Hanover.  In this new position, I’m serving a variety of roles including: developing marketing materials, engaging with the strategy team, facilitating communication across Hanover, and supporting sales operations.

Why did you decide to work at Hanover?

Coming out of college without a specific career direction, Hanover appealed to me for two reasons.  The first was the broad range of industries that Hanover works with.  I felt that working at Hanover would give me an opportunity to learn about a number of different fields.  Second, I was attracted to Hanover because of the potential for future professional development.  When I first interviewed with Mike Dennis, James Barry, and Sidney Phillips, I told them that I wasn’t looking for a job – I wanted a career.  The possibilities for advancement were a major driver in my decision to join the Hanover team.

In your opinion, what sets Hanover apart from other organizations?

While I’ve seen Hanover more than double in size in my two and half years as an employee, the commitment to enfranchising employee endeavors has not changed.  Individuals that identify ways of improving operations or expanding our offering are encouraged to follow their instincts, research the change they wish to make, and present a case to senior leadership.  Everyone works to make Hanover a better company for both its employees and its clients. All good ideas are welcomed and championed.

Why should graduates at your alma mater be interested in working at Hanover?

One reason: options.  As a growing company that operates in a number of different industries, Hanover needs many different types of employees.  Whether someone is interested in sales, research, marketing, etc., there is a place for them at Hanover.  The only thing we ask is that they be intelligent and work hard.

What is your favorite part of your job/the company?

I touch on this above, but the best part is that employees are encouraged to be self-starters.  Even as an entry-level employee, I was asked to give presentations and train my peers on new methods I had developed for doing my job better.  It’s always exciting to see what smart, driven people can do in an environment where they’re given the latitude to contribute beyond their day-to-day responsibilities.


Hanover will be at UM’s Career Fair on September 30th, see you there! 

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